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Indigenous Stories

Study from NOSM Researcher Explains Poorer Health Outcomes in Indigenous Patients with Diabetes

In Canada, rates of type 2 diabetes are three to five percent higher in Indigenous peoples when compared to non-Indigenous peoples. Not only this, but Indigenous Canadians typically have poorer health outcomes during treatment of diabetes. A study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) states that Indigenous peoples in Canada with type 2 diabetes experience culturally unsafe health care—a factor that may cause poorer health outcomes. Dr. Kristen Jacklin, Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and five of her colleagues conducted a national study that investigated Indigen...

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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group Gathers in Thunder Bay

Highlights include NOSM’s Response to the TRC’s Calls to Action and an introduction to the School’s Indigenous Health Curriculum Co-Lead for Postgraduate Education The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Members began their one-day meeting with an opening prayer from Elder Tom Chisel, Traditional Knowledge Keeper, followed by a welcome from Dot Beaucage-Kennedy, Chair of NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group. “Joining NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group for the day was the School’s Circle of Elders and Knowledge Keep...

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Giving back to her community.

Source: Northern Ontario Medical Journal | 2016/06/10 Written by: Norm Tollinsky  A member of the Pic River First Nation, Zoe is proud of her Aboriginal heritage and looks forward to giving back to her community. Becoming a doctor was most likely the furthest thing from her mind as Zoe Michano-Furlotte daydreamed during the two or more hours she spent commuting from Caramat to high school in Geraldton every day. Doubting she was cut out for university, Zoe enrolled in a fitness and health promotion program at Fanshawe College in London, but moved back to Northern Ontario “because (she) missed (her) family so much....

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